Last Frontiers History

A story - A legacy - A passion

Landmark of history written from being involved in the 1953 Everest Expedition to the 1990 Everest Peace Climb and being the Top Guide Award from REI Adventures.

Legacy is about life and living. It's about learning from the past, living in the present, and building for the future.

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Similarly, the seed of Last Frontiers was sown when one person decided to take a chance and explore areas of the world that were previously not explored. The story of Last Frontiers starts with Mr. Pasang Phutar Sherpa, the person who sowed the seeds of what today would be known as one of the fondest appreciated travel companies in Nepal.

Legacy of Last Frontiers 35 Years

Last Frontiers historical Dates

Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is an ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind-body, and soul into something as is possible. – Urban Dictionary This is why Last Frontiers has been able to live until now.

Our Story (1952-1963)

The story of Last Frontiers starts with Mr. Pasang Phutar Sherpa 1953, the person who sowed the seeds of what today would be known as one of the best travel companies in Nepal. Pasang, born in the village of Namche Solukhumbu, was surely not the founder of this company, but his enthusiasm in exploration, adventure and traveling helped him plant the seed of which his predictors would raise. Pasang was able to take part in many of the expeditions to the top ten mountains of the world.

He started his exploration with the tallest mountain of them all, Mount Everest, in the expedition of 1952. The Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research expedition’s primary aim was to find a way to summit Everest from the southern route. This was where his journey began.

1952

Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research, The aim of the research was to find a way to summit Everest from the southern route | Pasang Phutar as Sherpa

1953

Pasang Phutar Sherpa during this Everest Expedition that was successfully climbed by Tenzing Norgay and E. Hillary, made 2 trips to South Col carrying supplies.

1956

The Swiss Expedition to Everest and Lhotse II | Pasang, Darj, was sardar; but Pasang II, Khu, was also involved

1958

Leader: Leonpo Gang | High Altitude worker for the Artist’s Apline Club 

1959

Langtang Himal Expedition | Pasang Phutar II as Lasion Officer, and Pasang Phutar I | Leader: T. Yamada |

1960

Jugal Himal | Hisayuki Ito | Aim was to climb the highest peak of the Jugal Himal Range standing at 23,240 ft | Pasang I, Sirdar, made it to Camp IV with Ishihara and Kato 22,310 ft.

1961

Royal Warwickshire Regiment | Area: Mingbo area, south of Ama Dablam | Pasang Phutar as Sardar.

The Birth of a Company (1984-2003)

Mr. Pasang Phutar Sherpa was surely an adventurous person. However, there was only so much exploring he could do in a lifetime. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

As with the saying, Pasang’s son, Mingma Dorgee Sherpa, was also influenced by his father’s interest and enthusiasm in adventure and exploration. Seeing Mr. Pasang go off on expeditions to places that were rarely explored, influenced him to become an explorer himself. In 1984

Last Frontiers was born.

Ever since 1984, Mingma Dorji Sherpa has seen ups and downs in the industry, challenges and changes, and being resilience and innovative.  In the last 35 years, he has established a boutique lodge named Chhahari Retreat.  He is also the founder of Nepal’s first 90 point scorer of Coffee in blind assessment, the coffee farm is named Lekali Coffee.

1984

Last Frontiers Born | Mingma Dorgee Sherpa as Founder 

1990

Handled Ground Logistic for the Everest Peace Climb in 1990.

The Legacy Carries On  (2003-2021)

Nima Tashi Sherpa leads Last Frontiers Trekking as the third generation in the family.  In his more than 15 years of experience, he appreciates more why family owned and operated business for generations does matter.  In 2020, we crossed 35 years and stepped into 36 years of operation as a business. Being the 3rd Generation Sherpa in the adventure travel industry, he definitely finds strong values of nurturing business and being committed to everyone that is involved around the business. 

As a family-owned and operated business, we have always put our resources to make sure that our people, our business, is always stable, and that we are here for a long-term outlook by fostering long-term relationships. 

2012

Awarded REI Best Guide

1990

Last Frontiers Born | Mingma Dorgee Sherpa as Founder 

"Our international adventures through Last Frontiers, and most specifically with you in Nepal, provided us with the best of life-long memories. We appreciated your introduction to the Nepalese people and expert guidance in the greatest mountains on earth. We knew we were in good hands"
Nancy Eastman
Guest Traveler
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